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VW Golf GTI Clubsport 45 video review

Celebrate 45 glorious years of the Volkswagen Golf GTI by taking a trip down memory lane with Rory Reid.

Nimisha Jain

Words by: Nimisha Jain

Published on 20 August 2021 | 0 min read

Volkswagen’s iconic Golf GTI is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, and it is marking this occasion by releasing an all-new GTI Clubsport. And this GTI is Volkswagen’s most powerful, aggressive and exclusive yet.
To celebrate this great feat, we’re going back in time to look at the Golf GTI’s journey so far since it was first released in 1976. Watch our video review now to relive the early days of the world's most enduring hot hatch and find out more about the 2021 Golf GTI Clubsport.

So, what’s new with the VW Golf GTI Clubsport?

The new Golf GTI Clubsport packs a punch – it uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine making 300 horsepower and 400Nm of torque. Unlike its all-wheel drive Golf R brother the GTI Clubsport is front-wheel drive and puts its power to the road through a seven-speed DSG with a shorter final drive for increased better acceleration, meaning it hits 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds and achieve 155mph flat out.
While this acceleration may put a smile on your face the same may not be said of the gearbox, which is smooth but, without the option of a manual transmission, possibly just a little too smooth for those craving complete control. As compared to the standard GTI, the disc brakes are bigger and super easy to modulate. The stopping power, too, is incredible. The GTI Clubsport is also fitted with an Akrapovic exhaust while adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control is an option. If you don't want to set it up, the Nürburgring mode, a subset of sports mode, works brilliantly on the British B-roads.
So, what are your thoughts on the new Clubsport 45? You can compare and find out more about Volkswagen’s Golf GTI range, and browse from our range of used and new VW Golf GTIs.
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